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Lara Allen – Director2014-09-02_Lara-Allen_web

Dr Lara Allen has worked extensively in international development and has the ideal mix of skills to lead the Humanitarian Centre during its 2014-15 year focused on Empowered Voices and into the future. Lara has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and was Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2007, she co-founded the Tshulu Trust, which links rural communities in the Venda region of South Africa with universities. The Trust aims to improve livelihoods by sharing knowledge and building the capacity of developing communities. Lara ran the organisation for eight years. Since 2012, Lara has been head of monitoring and evaluation, research, capacity building and communications at Misean Cara, an Irish NGO, which supports development projects worldwide. She took up her post on 6th October 2014.

Contact Lara at: lara.allen[at]



Moira V. Faul – Senior Advisor

Dr Moira Faul works one day a week, providing advice to the Humanitarian Centre on impact assessment and networking strategies. Moira also works at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy leading on the ESRC-funded Policy Challenges initiative, which aims to provide new perspectives on some high-priority public policy issues identified by policy makers. Originally from Zimbabwe, Moira recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, comparing formal and informal global policy networks in international development. As Head of Education and Youth Policy (UK) at Oxfam GB, she led an extensive programme of policy research and advocacy. Prior to this, she held senior managerial positions in the private sector in Spain and China.

Contact Moira at: moira.faul[at]


Janice_Pedersen_2_for webJanice S. Pedersen – Resource Manager

Janice supports skills and capacity-building for Humanitarian Centre members, by providing guidance, advice, resources and networking opportunities. She also communicates members’ activities within the network and to the wider community, and oversees the provision of occasional training opportunities. Janice comes to the Humanitarian Centre after working as a policy researcher, with a focus on evaluation and performance management as well as health policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has carried out independent fieldwork in rural eastern Uganda, exploring elderly people’s support networks in cases of ill health. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked for a Danish consultancy that applies anthropological and design-based theory and methods to user-driven innovation projects for a range of clients across sectors. Janice is a Danish national, and spent her formative years in Botswana and Tanzania.

Contact Janice at:  janices.pedersen[at]



Anne_Radl_1_for webAnne Radl – Programmes Manager

Anne leads the Humanitarian Centre’s  work on ‘cross-sector collaboration’: helping people from academia, NGOs, policy–and increasingly business–to connect with one another, to explore better ways of working together for more just and sustainable development.  She runs the Humanitarian Centre’s ‘themed years’, providing a platform to catalyse new ways of thinking and creative collaborations to tackle complex global challenges, like Global Health (2011-2012) and Global Food Futures (2013-2014).  Anne was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, where she helped build networks for sharing ideas and resources for better community health and well-being. She also spent two years working at a San Francisco-based NGO, Shanti, growing and strengthening the volunteer community, to provide support for people living with HIV, AIDS and breast cancer. Anne studied anthropology at the University of Cambridge, for her master’s degree, and at the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate.

Anne will be on maternity leave from the 8th of August 2014 and we look forward to welcoming her back in August 2015. While she is away, please get in touch with the Humanitarian Centre office instead at info[at] 



Former Staff

Sonia_Roschnik_2_for webSonia Roschnik – Former Director (2013-2014)

Sonia joined the Humanitarian Centre as its Director in February 2014. She worked as Operational Director for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit for 6 years and 4 years as Deputy Director of Operations at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Sonia has always nurtured an interest in international development, sustainable development and global health. She trained as an Occupational Therapist in the UK and worked as a clinician in Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. She has worked as an advisor to WHO and UNDP developing guidance for greening hospitals, sustainable processes and climate change adaptation plans. She has also supported health services in Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Sonia still works for the Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system in England one day a week.

The Board of Trustees is very grateful to current director, Sonia Roschnik for all the work she has done for the Humanitarian Centre. She has developed a new vision for the organisation, streamlined our objectives and ways of working, and strengthened our links with communities in the South. Her work provides a strong foundation for us to build on in the years ahead. Sonia moved to a senior position in the National Health Service in mid-September 2014, handing over the Director role to Dr. Lara Allen.


JenniferWright1Jennifer Wright – Former Project Officer  ‘Human Rights & Poverty Year’ (2013-2014)

Jennifer is the Project Officer for the Human Rights and Poverty Year, and is responsible for planning the programme of events for this themed year which launches in October 2014. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics, and has been working with various charities, advocacy and international development organisations ever since. She became interested in human rights and development through voluntary placements working in Tanzania and in a U.N. Refugee Camp in Zambia, as well as through advocacy work for projects based in the UK. She works part-time in this role, and spends the rest of her week working for the Activism Unit of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.” Jennifer’s role at the Humanitarian Centre ended in July 2014, when she moved

For any queries related to the ‘Human Rights & Poverty Year’ please contact Emily Brocklebank, the Humanitarian Centre’s Events and Project Co-ordinator at emily.brocklebank[at]


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Evie Browne – Former Honorary Secretary to the Board of Trustees (2012-2014)

Evie graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a Master’s in International Social Development (Distinction). She then worked as a freelance research consultant, providing analysis on social issues for ODI, IDS, the Commonwealth Secretariat and International Alert among others. She currently works as a GSDRC Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (, providing rapid research services for DFID, the EC and AusAID. Her specialisms are in social development issues, particularly gender, but she has a broad general knowledge across themes of power, social exclusion, human development, civil society, political economy, participation and vulnerability. She also teaches on the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Continuing Education Undergraduate Certificate in International Development.



Dominic_Vergine_1_for webDominic Vergine  – Chair of Trustees

Dominic is a co-founder of two technology companies, a non-profit organisation and a charity. He Has worked with governments and international agencies across Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on technology for International Development (ICT4D).  He is currently driving several initiatives focused on delivering communications to the bottom of the pyramid and exploring how technology can help improve global sustainability. Dominic has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Humanitarian Centre since September 2014.




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Shelley has spent most of her career in the not for profit and education sectors in the UK. Before joining the Sixteen as Development Director, she held a similar role at the PHG Foundation which brings together public health and genomics.  Her previous experience also includes several years as the CEO of CamSight – the local charity for visually impaired people living in Cambridge, and Strategy Director of London-based environmental charity Global Action Plan. She has an MBA from the Judge Business School and a degree in Philosophy from Girton College, Cambridge. Shelley has been the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Humanitarian Centre since September 2014.



Amy_Weatherup_1_for webAmy Weatherup – Treasurer

Amy has held a number of senior sales, marketing and business development roles at some of the mobile industry’s leading companies, working with both start-ups and multinationals. She was a co-founder and marketing director of STNC Ltd., Light Blue Optics   and others. Amy set up the Cambridge University i-Teams programme  which she has run since inception in 2006, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a Director of Audio Analytic , a Trustee of Birthlight and The Villiers Park Educational Trust, as well as a primary school governor. She is also a founder of The Breech Babies Club  and the Breech Birth UK Facebook support group.


Ben_Britton_1_for webBen Britton – Member Trustee

Ben is Development Director of the Mountain Trust, a Humanitarian Centre charity member focusing on health, education and human rights in Nepal. In this role he is charged with fundraising, internship coordination, project development and implementation and website management. Ben has an academic background in both Development and Education having completed his undergraduate degree in Development and Peace from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and subsequently his Masters from Cambridge in 2011. Ben has extensive travel experience in India and Nepal and speaks fluent Nepali.  Ben was chosen to represent his fellow members on the Humanitarian Centre board of trustees in March 2014.


Theodore Menelik – Member TrusteeTheodore_Menelik_1_for web

Theodore Menelik is a sociologist and a Congolese citizen residing in Cambridge. His love for his country and its people led him to found Menelik Education in 2003, a charity working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a branch in Cambridge, UK. Menelik Education mainly works in the DRC, but also regionally and internationally. Its goals are to produce information, reflection and action on human sustainable development, national and international solidarity, human rights, gender equality, and others subjects. Since 2003, Theodore has also been working on issues related to education, health, and community empowerment. Theodore is a lecturer in Education and Development at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and a visiting lecturer at the Institut Superieur de Statistique of Kinshasa (DRC). Menelik Education has been a Humanitarian Centre member since 2008 and Theodore was chosen to represent his fellow members on the Humanitarian Centre board of trustees in March 2014.


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Steve Jones is a Founding Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Centre.  He is an international development consultant with over 30 years’ experience in UK/Europe, Asia, Africa, the CIS, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. He is a partner in a small Cambridge-based consultancy firm – Meta-Development LLP- and specialises in: leading design and evaluation missions for social protection, livelihoods, health and education and climate change and post-disaster reconstruction programmes; management consulting and organisational development; facilitation of strategic workshops  and international conferences, process facilitation, and training on programme cycle management, including logical framework analysis. His clients include DFID, World Bank, European Union, NGOs and private sector firms.


Andrew_Lamb_1_for webAndrew Lamb

After graduating, Andrew worked with the University of Cambridge Office for Community Affairs and co-founded the Humanitarian Centre. He worked for more than three years with disaster relief organisation RedR UK, including working at their office in Nairobi, and became a trustee of the charity in 2011. Andrew is a director of the Appropedia Foundation which runs the Appropedia website – a sustainability wiki. He was the technical editor of the world’s first UNESCO Engineering Report and was a Visiting Lecturer for EngineeringUK. Andrew became the first staff Chief Executive of EWB-UK in December 2008 after winning a World of Difference grant from the Vodafone Foundation.


Charlotte_Sankey_2_for webCharlotte Sankey

Charlotte has an extensive career in publishing, design and public relations of over 20 years. She has been running her own publishing and PR consultancies for the last ten years, during which she founded Cambridge Agenda magazine. She has also worked in management roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her skills are in writing, PR, graphic design and strategy. She is the Director of Creative Warehouse a PR and Publishing agency based in Cambridge.




Bhaskar_Vira_1_for webBhaskar Vira

Bhaskar is a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He specialises in environmental and development economics. Research into policy process has included work as a Co-ordinating Lead Author with the Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Dr Vira is also engaged in collaborative work with colleagues in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, with projects including trade-offs in the context of ecosystem services; how policy to address biodiversity loss can learn from the climate change experience; ecosystem-based adaptation strategies; and the development and use of toolkits to assess ecosystem services at site level.


Alison_Walsham_1_for webAlison Walsham

Alison, has been involved with the Humanitarian Centre since its inception. After working for three years in the engineering industry, she spent three years in East Africa doing voluntary work. Following a career break, bringing up four children and doing some community work, she spent 22 years as a Careers Adviser at Cambridge University. Initially working on the life science sectors, her main focus became not-for-profit employment, international development and environment. She has visited a wide range of developing countries exploring employers, programmes and projects, gaining insights into the working lives of those in the field.



You can find a full  list of the current Trustees of the Humanitarian Centre here.

Our sincere thanks to Mustafa Beg for donating his time and talent to take these portraits. Find more of Mustafa’s photos via his Twitter account here.

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